Tiropitakia (Little Cheese Pies)

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Bergy
Recipe by evelynathens

These can be made ahead and frozen for a quick snack when unexpected company shows up. Just tack on a few minutes to the baking time to compensate for their being frozen.

Top Review by Bergy

These appetizers are A1 - I baked mine from frozen in a 350F oven on a baking stone for 25 minutes - I watched that they were baking evenly and moved them around. Two points: be generous with the butter on each layer and on top but don't slather it on and use a full tsp of filling in each - If you don't you will find they can be a bit dry. I love the parsley flavor with the cheese. I have always made spinach & Feta Phyllo's. The folding of each appie gets tedious but they are worth every bit of effort - get someone to help you! Thanks Evelyn for a really great appie addition - I have taken a photo and if it turns out I will post it later

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Crumble or mash the feta cheese with a fork.
  2. Add the grated cheese, parsley, eggs and pepper.
  3. Cut pastry sheets in strips about 2x12 inches.
  4. Stack them one on top of the other to prevent From drying.
  5. Brush a strip of phyllo with melted butter, lay another strip on top and brush that one with butter too.
  6. Put one teaspoon of the filling on the short end of the strip, facing you, and fold over one corner to make a triangle.
  7. Continue folding pastry strip from side to side in the shape of a triangle until the entire pastry strip covers the filling. (Remember how we were taught to fold a flag into a triangular shape? Think of that as you keep folding the dough over. You should have a nice, neat, triangular packet.)
  8. Proceed in this manner with remaining pastry strips and filling until all are used.
  9. Put"tiropitakia" on a buttered baking sheet, brush generously with melted butter and bake in a moderate oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Serve hot.
  11. You can also make these ahead, put on a baking sheet and freeze, unbaked. When frozen, just keep them in a ziploc bag and you can have tiropitakia at a moment's notice. Just add 5 more minutes to the baking time if you're using frozen ones.

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